Published: Sat, June 17, 2017
Industry | By Dora Warner

Greatest witch hunt in American history': Trump on Russia probe

The request specifically asked for "copies of all records of notes taken by or communications sent from FBI Director James Comey" regarding those interactions.

Examining such possible charges will allow investigators to interview key people within the administration including Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Rosenstein and possibly Trump, the source told Reuters.The obstruction of justice investigation into Trump began days after Comey was sacked on May 9, according to people familiar with the matter, the Washington Post said.

The transition official spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss post-election decisions publicly.

Comey told Congress last week that he leaked his memos of his conversations Trump to a friend after a tweet by the president suggested he may have taped the conversations. Days after that happened, Trump told NBC News' Lester Holt that the Russian Federation investigation played a role in his decision to terminate him, and he has dismissed the probe as "fake news".

US President Trump is under FBI lens for obstruction of justice, the Justice Department's Special Counsel expanding an ongoing investigation into possible financial crimes among his associates with alleged ties to Russian Federation.

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The White House has directed questions to outside legal counsel, which has not responded.

Wall Street is settling in for a slow burn Russian Federation probe in Washington, D.C. - special investigations take on average more than two years. Investigators are also considering the conversations Comey and the president had leading up to that point.

The letter said the investigation would also probe Comey's testimony that Loretta Lynch, attorney general under former USA president Barack Obama, had directed him to describe an FBI probe into former U.S. secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton's e-mail practices as merely a "matter" and to avoid calling it an investigation.

The transition order came the same day that Vice President Mike Pence's confirmed that he had hired a private lawyer to represent his interests in the expanding probe. The transition, a nonprofit structurally separate from the Trump campaign, continues to operate with a small staff.

On Wednesday night, special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Trump for obstruction of justice became public knowledge. The memo asks for preservation of electronic communications and data, telephone logs, audio recordings, videos, calendars and other items. Comey said in his public testimony that when Trump tweeted about possibly having "tapes" of a critical conversation with Comey - the contents of which Trump disputes - the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director felt it was urgent to get his contemporaneous accounts of the conversations into the public sphere.

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Trump is not the only one under scrutiny, Barrett said: Investigators are also looking into the finances of Trump associates. It had initially focused on Russia's election meddling and whether any of Mr Trump's associates colluded with the effort.

This is what he said in May.

The Washington Post reported late Wednesday that special counsel Robert Mueller is seeking interviews with three Trump administration officials who weren't involved in Trump's campaign.

US President Donald Trump today appeared to confirm that he was being probed for firing the FBI chief and described it as a "witch hunt", as he asserted that there was no proof of his "collusion with the Russians" even after seven months of investigation.

It was shortly followed by another: "You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people!"

In an address to the country, Trump struck a notably less partisan tone in response to his first major domestic crisis.

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